Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Don Spero

Don Spero

Sport: Rowing
Category: Athlete
Primary Team: USA Maccabiah
Year Inducted: 1994

Don Spero is honored as a distinguished rower. Spero’s rowing career began at Cornell University where he was a member of three intercollegiate championship eights. As a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, he won seven national titles in single and double sculls. Spero’s international career began with a gold medal at the 1961 Maccabiah Games. At the 1964 Olympics, Spero finished sixth in single sculls, and won the 1965 Diamond Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta. Capping his competitive career he won the 1966 World Championship in single sculls. Cofounder of the National Rowing Foundation, Spero is active in masters rowing, coaching and mentoring.

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